The first book in a daring new sci-fi series from New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre! In Earth’s distant future, a savvy young criminal is recruited to join the Honors space program, which sends humans into the far reaches of the galaxy aboard sentient spaceships called the Leviathan, only to discover that dangerous secrets are hidden amongst the stars.
Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.
Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead, Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan — a race of sentient alien ships — to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.
Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing — not her Honors training or her street smarts — could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad (born 1962), who also writes as Roxanne Longstreet. She's an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and horror novels. She also publishes media tie-in novels as Julie Fortune.
Rachel Caine is a former professional musician who has the distinction of having played with such musical legends as Henry Mancini, Peter Nero, and John Williams. She's also an avid movie buff, a TV-holic, and says she "prefers a good stout Guinness to wimpy American beers."
Rachel Caine does most of her writing in a coffee shop near her home. She says she finds Caramel Mocha "very inspirational." She listens to music while she writes, the playlist changing from project to project.
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